Asamoah Gyan: Former Ghana Captain Names Ronaldo as the Greatest of All Time

Asamoah Gyan: Former Ghana Captain Names Ronaldo as the Greatest of All Time

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 27, 2024 at 3:25 PM
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  • Former Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan, has named a former Real Madrid star as an inspiration to his career as a footballer
  • The legendary Ghanaian footballer is revered for being Africa's top scorer at the FIFA World Cup after three tournaments
  • Gyan retired from football last year to focus on unearthing new talents across all sporting disciplines in his home nation

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Ghana legend, Asamoah Gyan, has disclosed his inspiration while growing up as a footballer on the streets of Accra.

The 38-year-old retired from the game in 2023 after an illustrious career with the national team of Ghana and several clubs abroad.

Gyan holds the record as the African player with the most goals at the FIFA World Cup, with six in three tournaments.

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Asamoah Gyan and Ronaldo share a light moment during the World Cup game between Ghana and Brazil on June 27, 2006. Photo: Antonio Scorza.
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He is also Ghana's all-time top scorer with 51 goals from 109 appearances for the Black Stars.

According to Gyan, his career was shaped by watching former Brazil and Real Madrid star, Ronaldo Nazario, a player he describes as the greatest of all time.

"Brazilian Ronaldo is the one from whom I drew a lot of inspiration," Gyan said on YFM, as quoted by Ghana Soccernet.
"To me, he is the greatest player of all time. He was a centre-forward who could do everything. I grew up and acquired skills similar to his.
"A centre-forward might have certain qualities and lack others, but I see myself as a complete striker who never lacked anything. I thank God for that."

Ronaldo's career was marred by injuries but he is considered as the best striker of all time following his exploits with Brazil and the various clubs he played for.

He won the World Cup twice with Brazil, reaching the final of the competition three times from 1994 to 2002, as reported by CNN.

Gyan advises Ayew after Ghana snub

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Asamoah Gyan reacted to Andre Ayew's exclusion from the Black Stars team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers this month.

Recently appointed Black Stars coach, Otto Addo, named a 26-man squad for games against Mali and the Central African Republic without Ghana's talisman.

Ayew's absence has raised several questions, especially following his sterling form in the just-ended season in Ligue 1, where he netted five goals for Le Havre.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.